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Friday, 4/20/18

Alex Hutchinson: How to Catch a Blood-Doping Marathoner

April 22 is Earth Day. Here’s the dirt on the co-founder who killed then composted his girlfriend.

Semi-Rad: Friday Inspiration

OK, we love Desi Linden. Probably even more impressive is Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults.

On P.G. Wodehouse. Frivolous, Empty, and Perfectly Delightful.

Yuki is back in the office today. Racing a half marathon on Sunday.

Thursday, 4/19/18

Malcolm Gladwell says LeBron James (6-8, 250) can run a 4:40 mile. Video.

Semi-Rad: The Rim-to Rim to Rim: A Trail Diary

How to stop jaywalking

Seriously now. What would Freud say about the new Hayward Field design?

Fun read. The 2018 Boston Marathon Was Perfect Chaos

Austin Meek/Register Guard on Hayward Field: When tradition collides with ambition, tradition doesn’t stand a chance.

Eric Schranz, please complete…

Eric Schranz, 43, with a degree in PR/journalism, having worked in politics and governance, is the founder and ramrod of ultrarunnerpodcast.com, your go-to source for news and and interesting people in the sport.

My full name is… Eric Ryan Schranz. I’ve got two kids (Sunny, 8, and Van, 6), a lovely wife name Sam and a giant poodle named Carlos. I’ve been hosting and managing ultrarunnerpodcast.com for 8 years. What started as a hobby has turned into a full time job (with part time pay, of course.) I’m the luckiest guy in the world to get to stay at home with the kids while also making a living at my passion.

I grew up in…Valencia, California. I love the SCV, but my fondest memories were on the sailboat and spending time on Catalina Island.

I met my gorgeous wife…in 2001 while at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Oh, fine, yes, it was at a bar.

These days I live in…Sacramento, California. I can literally run from my neighborhood to Lake Tahoe (~140 miles, most on trails) and only have to cross one street. One drawback to Sacramento is that we’ve got no real hills to run on. Every time I’m back in SCV, I head straight for Nike Base (or the Beast, or whatever it’s called nowadays.)

My running career…started strong! I was a good high school runner, took ten years off in my 20s, then rediscovered my love for the trails and running about a decade ago. While my racing calendar has slowed down, I still love to race anything from a 5k on the roads to 24 hours on the track to 100 miles on the trails.

My favorite coach…Easy! Gene Blankenship. One of, if not THE most inspiring people of my life.

Ultrarunning is…many things. It’s growing in popularity! It’s…pointless. Really, why are we running 50 miles again? It’s liberating and challenging and fun. What it does for me is allow me to selfishly focus on just myself and not have to worry about kids, wife, house, or any other responsibilities.

Ultrarunners are…A motley bunch. The top of our sport has guys and gals with type A personalities with C-level jobs and families, and they’re racing next to stoners living in their trucks. You need shoes, some clothing, a bib, and you’re set to line up against the best in the world. Our sport is seeing an influx of post collegiate runners jumping over from marathons and athletics and making a big impact.

What people get wrong about ultrarunning is…that it’s sooooo hard. It’s tough mentally, but the physical part isn’t the challenge. Anyone can drag themselves 50 miles through the trails. It comes down to if you really want to and whether you’re able to suspend rational thought long enough to pull it off.

I wish people would stop…making everything so damn political.

The biggest problem with running today is…There’s nothing wrong with running! We’ve got our little issues here and there, but running is still one of the two true sports in the world. (The other is boxing…all other sports are just metaphors.)

My biggest phobia is…grasshoppers, without a doubt. Scared to death of those damn things.

My worst habit is…Biting my nails. I’ve just resigned to the fact that I’m never going to stop. One less worry.

The most favorite ultrarunner I’ve met is…Ooh, that’s a tough one. Everyone’s got a great story and they also have quirks. I suppose one of my favorites would be Frank Bozanich. He’s been running ultras since the 70s, held the 50M record for awhile, and still throws down hard in every race. He’s got a proud no BS attitude and doesn’t pull punches with what he thinks of the sport.

The best prank I ever pulled…Just recently, actually! I fake-announced my niece’s birth (Kristin’s daughter) and everyone believed it! One things’s for sure: I’m happy that I wasn’t coming of age in the time of social media and camera phones.

People would be surprised to know I…am actively involved in modifying NERF guns and hosting large NERF battles with kids and adults. Want to do something crazy? Wear a HRM and GPS during a NERF battle and watch your fitness spike.

California…has excellent weather and beautiful trails. And that’s about it.

My secret talent is…I don’t keep many secrets about myself. I’m good at running, cooking, interviewing, and playing with kids. I’m lousy at cleaning, accounting, and listening to excuses.

I like to collect…Brooks Green Silence shoes. They discontinued them years ago, but as far as I know, I’ve got the largest collection in the world. Best shoe ever made, and they cancelled it?!? (I’m a 12 and desperately seeking the Union Jack colorway if anyone has any lying around…)

Ten years from now, I hope….to be a better husband and partner and patient father. My kids will be 18 and 16 (ack!) and I’m scared out of my mind.

Social media…is something I have a love/hate relationship with. I need it for my job (guests, news, trends, salacious innuendo, etc), but if it weren’t for that, I’ve have nothing to do with it.

One historical figure I really admire…George S Patton. His leadership, strength and fearlessness are something we’re missing nowadays. My son’s middle name is Patton.

My parents….Are a massive influence on me and my kids. Athletics is one thing, but they really instilled in me the importance of right and wrong and to be myself. But yeah, having a dad who can outwork you and a mom who could whoop me on the roads has me constantly trying to improve myself.

Ultrarunner Podcast is… a site dedicated to ultramarathons and trail races. With 400 interview-style episodes in our catalog, we’ve talked with new runners, veteran runners, coaches, doctors, elite runners, race directors, my mom(!) ,and a guy who runs trails while tied to a damn donkey. Each episode is about an hour long, perfect for a commute or weeknight jog. The site also has a daily news rundown that’s inspired by Don’s Diary and an extensive collection of honest and thorough product reviews.

Best…The best Mexican food is at a place in Ukiah (Mendocino County) called Super Chavez market and they cook in front of an old body shop next door. Their al pastor could solve many of the world’s problems. If you’re into health codes or ambience, this ain’t the place for you, but for authentic Mexican food, I’ve searched California from top to bottom and not found a better place.

Worst…The worst trend right now is not respecting opinions and politicizing everything. Settle down, folks. Let’s talk civilly and learn something from each other.

Craziest…One of the craziest times recently was driving on “one of those crazy roads” in an old van in the Indian Himalayas. We were headed to the race start and I wasn’t sure we’d make it in one piece.

Funniest…A word my daughter invented when she was three: Scunt.

Smartest…My wife is the smartest person I know. Any subject except geography, and the depth of her knowledge and understanding baffles me. Put that down in the “sexiest” column too.

Maddening…People who insist on worrying about other people’s business and decisions.

Toughest…I’ve talked to some of the toughest athletes in the world. From Bev Abbs to Amelia Boone (oooh, one whole letter, Eric!), the limits that people are able to push themselves amazes me.

My favorite running books are…I don’t read a lot of running books, but I’m reading “North” by Scott Jurek right now for an upcoming episode.

Wednesday, 4/18/18

East Africans struggle with ombrophobia. You?

Can You Outrun a Bad Diet?

Video: I Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore

Why are healthcare providers scared of exercise?

Video: Athletes Reflect on National Forests

Breaking news from the Harvard Business Review: How Perfectionists Can Get Out of Their Own Way

Yuki is an ulrarunner. Inspirational guy, but probably not a model for most. How many crazy mileage, chronically injured older runners (and ex runners) do you know? …More Yuki

Last chance for you to race in historic Hayward Field. Here. It’s gone in two months.

Tuesday, 4/17/18

Boston Marathon results. Only finisher I know is Jeff Wills, owner of Vincenzo-Saugus, who finished in 4:15.

Who the Heck Were Those Women in 2nd Through 6th at the Boston Marathon?

Reminds me of another like race. Cold, drenching rains, high winds. 1987 California International Marathon results. At least seven Santa Clarita Runners in the race, including Don (3:14). None of us smart enough to run in jackets. Most started the race in trash bags. Don treated (a bed and 3 blankets) for hypothermia. 30 minutes later discharged, good to go.

‘Des is the definition of unrelenting’ …Along the way she was thinking about dropping out!!!!

Mario Fraoli raced. the morning shakeout

Why?

What Are Des Linden’s Running Secrets?Photo

Time for us all to channel Des and Yuki?

Amby Burfoot finished in five hours. Looking good. See here.

Joe Ogata is the Santa Clarita/Pacoima Yuki. He’s 69 and races constantly, obsessively. Does it well. Nice guy.

Warm-up drill du jour

Desi Linden: Workout of the Day

More Boston? Ken Goe has the links.

Tonight’s OTC Master’s workout: Coach Jeff Sather writes: We’ll meet at Hendricks Park today @ 5:30 pm in the parking lot to warm up a bit and do drills before we start. …The workout can be adjusted quite a bit to get the your desired volume out of it. Hoping to see a crowd today!

1-2 x 800m hill
6-9 x 300m hill @ alternating E/M/H paces
1-2 x 800m hill

University of Oregon unveils future Hayward Field

Monday, 4/16/17

Des destroys field in Boston.Details.

50 years after winning the Boston Marathon, Amby gives it another go …Current regimen: cycles of four minutes of running followed by one minute of walking and another four minutes of running; repeat until finished.

‘I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn’t read or write’

Magness Speaks — Why We are Bad at Predicting Our Own Behavior and What that Means in Coaching

Matt Nali reports SCV Hurdles/Sprints will become SCV Track & Field in 2019.

New Research Is Changing the Game for Female Athletes

Boston Marathon results.

On the Merits of Letting Kids Play With Fire.

Ya gotta love Yuki Kawauchi

COC XC Finals.And more.

Weekend, 4/14-15/18

Alex Henderson: How Your Workout Partner Boosts Your Performance

“Just One More” …Perfect! If there’s not a coach around (or a tough partner), when do we really push it? …Last year, expecting the usual 400s, the coach said, “no, it’s 500s today.” We were all experienced old boys and girls, but 500s? It was really tough. But we all survived.

Eleanor Fulton: On Regret

Jen Miller/NYT: The Boston Marathon Rundown, a Major Comeback, SARMs, and more

The coach is the teacher

Stay Away from Most Popular Entertainment

Friday, 4/13/18

Breaking news. Don’s wrong. In fact, Mariah Castillo bettered the Saugus 3200 marks of Shannon Murakami, and Kaylon Mahoney (10:25.40), and Samantha Ortega (10:20.25). Paavo, formerly an outstanding Orange County star, almost as old as Don, sent in a correction.

Must read: Jonathon Marcus’ A Runner’s Movement Signature. Possibly you’ve seen my form and I’ve seen yours. Neither are pretty, fluid, or efficient. And might cause injuries. What are we doing to improve on that? What does your coach say, if anything? If nothing, is that malpractice?

Thursday night results at the OTC 5/10K at Alton Baker Park here. Craig Godwin wins the 10. Don, oldest dude in the 5, wins AG, first race in five months. A minute slower than last year.

Oh-oh. One extra glass of wine ‘will shorten your life by 30 minutes’

Ken Goe provides Boston Marathon commentary, links, and more. …Don’t miss the Boston Globe story on the three year old investigation into Alberto Salazar and the Nike Oregon Project.

Thursday, 4/12/18

Alex Hutchinson: Why It Matters How You Think About Pain

Magness Speaks — The Myth of Losing Speed

Nike commercial: Shoe Therapy – It’s Gotta Be The Shoes

Semi-Rad: Climbing Out Of A Huge Metaphor

Wednesday, 4/11/18

Excerpt from Deena Kastor’s Let Your Mind Run

Dockweiler Extension Approved

Why I Still Have Stress Dreams About Running Track

Blaze The Continental Divide Trail. Probably in my dreams only.

Global meat demand if everyone ate like the average citizen of…

Cortisone shots?